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As several tourist destinations always have traffic congestion and accidents during holidays due mainly to people ignoring traffic laws, now the Royal Thai Police has contemplated the issue seriously and will come up with tough enforcement of traffic laws against traffic violators.
This was agreed at a meeting chaired by Royal Thai Police Department deputy commissioner Pol Gen Wut Liptapanlop yesterday.
Under the agreement to resolve traffic congestions at tourist destinations, the Royal Thai Police will be launching a pilot program to enforce traffic discipline along eight popular tourist locations.
Under the program, 10 priority traffic offences will be strictly dealt with in the first trials.
This was based on the finding by police that the problem of heavy traffic congestion at popular tourist locations in the country was caused partly by the physical location of the place.
The finding showed that the main problems were narrow streets and the extraordinary number of visitors in a particular day.
The finding said many of these popular locations are at old historical cities with small narrow roads that could never cope with the rising number of human and vehicular traffic.
In the trial program, 10 critical traffic offences in these areas will be put in place, and strictly enforce.
Driving on pedestrian footpaths, drunk driving, driving without driver’s license, driving without seat-belts, parking at restricted zones, riding motorcycles without safety helmets, unacceptable noise levels from vehicles, Illegally allocating areas along streets for parking purposes, unsafe driving behavior, and pedestrians crossing roads at unspecified areas or vehicles not stopping at pedestrian crossings.
Eight areas targeted first are the old capital of Ayutthaya, Samut Prakarn municipality, Pattaya City, Chiang Mai municipality, Chiang Rai municipality, Samui Island, Phuket municipality and Hat Yai city.
The Royal Thai Police hoped that a major reduction in traffic congestion will result in reduced pollution and a major improvement in the general atmosphere, thus will attract even more tourists to these locations.